College is a time to come out of your shell and try the things that you have always wanted to try. For those with social anxiety this is much harder than it sounds. But just because you suffer from social phobia does not mean that you should have to sit in your room and let your life pass you by! College is one of the only times in your life that you will be surrounded by hundreds of different people who are around your age with similar interests. Don’t let the fear of rejection or the anxiety of college stunt you from reaching your full potential of life. Below I have a video that talks about some great ways to combat social anxiety and to help become integrated into your community.
As a person who is personally the very opposite of shy, I have a few tips of my own that I believe would be helpful for those trying to overcome their fears of social situations. These are my top 3 tips of staying calm and absolutely killing it in social situations.
Nobody likes a Debby-downer! Stay positive in social situations and keep those negative thoughts out of your head! This may take some preparation before you leave your dorm. Pep-talk yourself every morning about how amazing and beautiful you are. If you can think highly of yourself everyone else will follow-suit and feel the positivity exuding from you!
Don’t overwhelm yourself.
Take social situations a little at a time. Start with a lunch date with your roommate, then maybe go to a program on your floor, then maybe a club meeting. If you have anxiety over social situations going on starting off at a huge college party will destroy you for the rest of your college career. Take your time and get used to smaller social situations before you expose yourself to bigger ones.
Don’t do this by yourself.
There is nothing wrong with getting help. Surround yourself with people who love you and let them help you through this anxiety. Talking to a professional will also be more than helpful because they can give you the tools you need to discover the confidence within yourself to overcome your anxiety.
What do you think about this topic? What tips do you have for combatting social phobia? Comment below!